“AND TO WALK HUMBLY WITH YOUR GOD.”(Micah 6:8)
Our good God loves humility in his servants, and He resists the proud (Jam. 4:6 & 1Pet. 5:5). All our fathers, who served God with humility, God loved them, talked to them “as a man talks to his friend”, and appeared to them, and declared His pleasure in them. They were full of the fear of God. The closer they came to God, and the more they felt His love, and enjoyed His companionship, the more they felt awe and glory towards Him. The more they felt contrite and humble in His presence.
Our father Abraham conversed intimately with the Lord, but in reverence he said, “I who am but dust and ashes have taken it upon myself to speak to the Lord.” (Gen. 18:27). Moses whose face shone when he came closer to the Lord, the Bible describes his feeling when he was near God saying; “And so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, “I am exceedingly afraid and trembling.” (Heb.12:21). David, the sweet psalmist of Israel, found himself unworthy to serve God. e saH H He described himself as; “I was so foolish and ignorant, I was like beast before You.” (Ps.73:22). And Isaiah, the prophet, warns us saying, “Enter into the rock, and hide in the dust, from the terror of the Lord and the glory of His majesty. The lofty looks of man shall be humbled. The haughtiness of men shall be bowed down. And the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day.” (Is.2:10,11).
We stand dazzled and contrite, when we watch the Lord offering Himself as an example for the honest and humble servant. He says, ” learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart.” (Mt.11:29). He is the Master and the Lord of the church, to whom alone all glory is due, but he says, “I do not seek My own glory.” (Jn.8:50); and, “I do not receive honor from men.” (Jn.5:41). The Holy who “being found in the appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient.” (Phil.2:8).
The servant of Christ, who hides himself in Christ, “denies himself” (Mt.16:24), just as Christ “made Himself of no reputation.” (Phil.2:7). He does not depend upon, or think of his own powers, but “If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ to whom belong the glory.” (1Pet.4:11).
The faithful servant, and pastor, does not elevate himself over the children of his Master, whom he was fortunate enough to deserve serving them. He should, rather, bow down in love and wash the dirt off their feet. He should not threaten them by the authority which was bestowed upon him, nor should he remind them of their sins and their shortcomings (Jn.8:11). He should always offer tears on their behalf to his loving Master, asking for His guidance, and forgiveness for all of them. (Acts 20:31).
O servants of my Lord, let us disappear behind the cross, and offer all glory to our God. “I Am the Lord, that is My name; and My glory I will not give another.” (Is.42:8). “For the day of the Lord of hosts shall come upon everything proud and lofty, upon everything lifted up, and it shall be brought down.” (Is.2:12).
Self denial is Christ’s stipulation for those who follow Him. Self-conceit, or egoism, is the reason for every division and disaster in the church. There is no more forceful enemy of man or of the service in the church than the ego.
Let us bow down to our God and ask for His mercy, for it is “not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but to Your name give glory. Because of Your mercy, and because of Your truth.” (Ps.115:1).